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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Honda Civic - Engine - 3/14/2014
    Intermittent starting issues - clicking only
    2008 Honda civic - manual transmission sometimes will not start - clicking sounds only (after several attempts lost radio code - suspect dead system / shorted) Easily starts by rolling and engaging clutch (bump start?) Battery read 12.8 with car off and 13.1 ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/14/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Yes it is very possible. The way to confirm the bad starter: You have to do this when it will not start or it will show no problem. there is a fat wire and a small wire that goes to the starter. The small wire should get battery voltage when the key is turned to start the engine and when the key is released the voltage goes away. You can use a 12 volt test light. If the light illuminates and the starter does not function then the starter is junk. Probably a tap on the starter with any suitable tool would get it working temporarily aside from the bump start. If there is no illumination of your test light tnen the starter is not the cause and then the ignition switch is suspect and the clutch pedal safety switch is suspect.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/14/2014 AutoMD Member
      Thanks - I certainly apprecaite the info.
      Everything works fantastic99% of the time then out of the blue i have the Flintstone mobile as i push with one foot out the open door to bump start.
      thanks again
      I'm not sure my first reply went out
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Honda CR-V - Engine - 3/13/2014
    Why won't it start at times
    Fairly new battery. No other electrical symptoms. Battery cables clean and tight. One time will turn over and start fine, next time will struggle, next time wount start. Next time starts with a struggle
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/13/2014 HouseCallAuto
      If it is able to start normally with jumper cables attached then this would confirm a battery problem. What does "fairly new" battery actually mean? Batteries last 3 to 5 years. They last less than two years when the vehicle is a vehicle that is sporadically parked and not used for weeks at a time.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Honda Accord - Engine - 3/13/2014
    When testing an ignition switch from the back, what voltage drop is still considered to be a good ignition.
    According to this sight it said 10v or below is a bad ignition. Mine drops to 10.7v... vehicle won't turn over out of the blue, no crank, all electrical works fine, brand new battery at 12.67 volts, hit starter numerous times with no response, getting power down to ...
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      3/13/2014 John's Auto Repair
      Are you refering to an actual voltage drop test? This is when connect the red lead at the battery
      terminal and the black to the ignition switch, turn the key to start. The voltage you read is the
      amount of voltage being lost through either poor connections or a bad ignition switch. The
      voltage drop should not exceed 0.5 volts or 500mA. Have you checked the voltage drop from
      battery to the starters S terminal?
  • vlrwesby
    vlrwesby - 1992 Honda Accord - Engine - 3/11/2014
    Why do the spark plugs get wet? They were replaced and it started. Won't start again and replaced plugs and wires.
    The vehicle wants to start, but doesn't seem to have enough firing power (or something). What do you suggest??
     
    • Jimm
      3/11/2014 Jimm
      First question - what is the spark plug condition? What substance is on the plugs? Engine oil? Fuel? Coolant? Is the spark strong and blue color across the plug gap - and has this been tested?
  • Scott
    Scott - 2004 Honda Accord - Engine - 3/10/2014
    Using a lot of oil but don't notice smoke and can't find a big leak anywhere.
    It was 3 quarts low but it's my daughters car and probably was not checked since a few weeks ago hen I put a quart in.
     
    • Jimm
      3/7/2014 Jimm
      Is there a question in this detail? Post a reply and phrase to issue you are having in the form of a question for further assistance.
      Jimm
      3/10/2014 Scott
      Where is my oil going? Is this make, model know for oil usage?
    • Jimm
      3/10/2014 Jimm
      What is the vehicle odometer mileage? How many miles between oil changes? How many miles in between checking the oil level and adding oil to the engine?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Honda Passport - Engine - 3/6/2014
    What should the resistance readings be for the fuel sender
    Ordered a replacement fuel module. installed it but the fuel sender is reading 1/4 tank when it should be reading empty the homs are reading 251.5 empty and 39.2 full. The original sender is shot and not reading correctly so I have nothing to compare it to. Could ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/6/2014 Jimm
      Check for a 5-volt reference on the orange/green wire with the sending unit unplugged and a good ground on the blue/yellow wire. If there is no 5-volt reference, check for an open or shorted wire between the engine control module (ECM) and the sending unit.

      The fuel pump / sending unit resistance should range from 0 ohms to 290.0 ohms.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Honda Prelude - Engine - 3/3/2014
    Why won't my car start? The engine light turned on suddenly after a really rainy day.
    The engine randomly turned off on me and it wasn't the battery/starter ( I had them both checked.) I was driving on a very rainy day and had to go through very deep puddles. Some of my friends think some water go into the intake. My car was due for a oil change soon ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/3/2014 Jimm
      The check engine light is located on the dash and stays on if the computerized engine control system detects an engine performance or emissions problem.
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA, etc. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light. There are literally hundreds of possible fault codes and therefore numerous reasons for the MIL condition.

      This step is important - retrieving the stored fault code and relaying this detail - will provide good information to assist in diagnosing and repairing the issue you are having.

      This may be a case of simply getting water into the ignition system - such as through the distributor cap or distributor cap gasket. These parts are inexpensive and are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.

      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the distributor cap gasket from around $0.97, and the distributor cap from around $8.60 for your vehicle
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Honda Prelude - Engine - 3/3/2014
    My car won't start after one bad drive in the rain. I'm not sure exactly whats wrong.
    I was driving in the rain and suddendly the car stopped on its own and flickered on the check engine light. I had it towed to my house and I started looking around to see what was the problem. I check both the battery and the starter. I don't know what happened ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/3/2014 Jimm
      The check engine light is located on the dash and stays on if the computerized engine control system detects an engine performance or emissions problem.
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA, etc. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light. There are literally hundreds of possible fault codes and therefore numerous reasons for the MIL condition.

      This step is important - retrieving the stored fault code and relaying this detail - will provide good information to assist in diagnosing and repairing the issue you are having.

      This may be a case of simply getting water into the ignition system - such as through the distributor cap or distributor cap gasket. These parts are inexpensive and are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.

      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the distributor cap gasket from around $0.97, and the distributor cap from around $8.60 for your vehicle
  • shelldon
    shelldon - 1990 Honda Accord - Engine - 2/28/2014
    Why is car is burning alot of coolant?
    234,000 miles, oil and coolant is not mixing- oil stays clean. Heavy cloud of steam pours out the tailpipe when driving
     
    • RC
      3/21/2011 RC
      Sounds like a cracked head or blown head gasket.
    • AutoMD Member
      2/28/2014 AutoMD Member
      Coolant is going out the exhaust via head gasket & or cracked head. A cylinder leak test will help narrow it down. Could still get coolant in oil if you keep driving it. Also, the exhaust smells like antifreeze. Does the radiator hose feel hard to squeeze(meaning the cooling system has pressure), or soft when squeezed(which usually means a leak in system)? What temperature gauge reads is also an indicator.
  • pmcintyre
    pmcintyre - 2007 Honda Civic - Engine - 2/28/2014
    Can a bad catalytic converter cause smoke to come out of the muffler?
    My 2007 honda civic started making noise like engine idle was high. I pulled over and saw white smoke blowing out of muffler. I took it sgraight to a mechanic. He said it was my catalytic converter. Does that sound correct?
     
    • Jimm
      2/28/2014 Jimm
      White smoke - sounds more like the cylinder head gasket not the converter. Does the cooling system loose coolant? Check the cooling system level at the overflow tank.

      First step - have a different trusted and reputable repair shop perform two tests; cylinder leakdown and cylinder compression tests. The results of these two individual tests will determine the engine integrity; pumping and sealing ability - and will provide you with the proper information to determine the repair needs.

      To locate a repair shop in your area - use the 'Find-A-Shop' feature on the AutoMD website.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Honda Civic - Engine - 2/27/2014
    What makes #2 cylinder misfire?
    132000 miles on car. I've replaced the rotor and distributor caps, spark plugs and the fuel injector for #2 cyl. I get a code #PO302, says it's a #2 misfire,it doesn't matter the engine temp. I get the same code before and after the new injector. the check engine ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/27/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Why did you not replace the ignition wire for the #2 cylinder? I'm sure that you would have mentioned if you replaced it, right?

  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Honda Accord - Engine - 2/22/2014
    Losing oil (not leaking it and not evident in exhaust). Also P code (catalytic converter) with no loss in performance
    No oil drips anywhere (driveway, garage, work parking space, around the engine) but a quart low after about 3500 mi (right around oil change time); Diagnostic code indicates a problem with cc "below threshold", I think it said. I don't know anything about cars ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/22/2014 HouseCallAuto
      One quart in 3500 miles is not a red flag and there is nothing to do about it except make sure that you are using the correct oil weight and that the engine is not running hotter than it is supposed to. The P0420 code is a bad catalytic converter and if it were not for the code you would not even be aware of it. The vehicle has an 8 year 80,000 mile warranty on the cat.
      HouseCallAuto
      2/22/2014 AutoMD Member
      I'm out of warranty (130,000 mi). But no, the engine does not seem to be running hotter and I have my son keep a quart of 10w40 in the trunk. What happens if I don't replace the catalytic converter (because you are so right - I was not aware of it until they plugged it into the computer)? Is it dangerous to drive? Thank you for helping me.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/22/2014 HouseCallAuto
      No its not dangerous but the car will not pass an annual vehicle inspection with this code present. You cannot use 10w40 oil. The engine requires 5w20 and this might be the cause of your excessive oil usage, not sure but no matter, 5w20 is the right weight oil.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1994 Honda Accord - Engine - 2/20/2014
    Hi can someone help me the car cranks but no start and no fuel
    i have a 1994 honda accord ex it was running great then i unplugged the wires to the starter to replace the starter and the two wires above it to replace the starter quickly once i finished and tried to crank the car all it did was crank but would not start and no ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/20/2014 HouseCallAuto
      What do you mean "the two wires above it"? Is there ignition spark?
  • Sunie and Dub
    Sunie and Dub - 2006 Honda Odyssey - Engine - 2/12/2014
    HELP!! Suddenly my car won't start!????
    Went out running errands today and when we came back out my husband started the van but we forgot something inside so it was almost immediately shut back off. I decided to stay in the van so he went to restart within a minute or less of turning it off and it would ...
     
    • AutoMD Member
      2/12/2014 AutoMD Member
      Is the car in park ?
      AutoMD Member
      2/12/2014 Sunie and Dub
      Definitely. We put it in neutral a few times to try to start in that position.
  • jenker
    jenker - 2003 Honda Civic - Engine - 2/12/2014
    When do you know that you need a valve?
    There is a tick that goes faster as I accelerate.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/12/2014 HouseCallAuto
      You would not know that answer, nobody would. Disassemble and examine is how it goes, then a diagnosis is made but by them you can't back out of the repair. Even the best mechanics cannot know for certain what a particular noise is. Nobody "knows" when you need a valve.
    • John's Auto Repair
      2/12/2014 John's Auto Repair
      Besides it wouldn't be the valve that's ticking. Could be anything from a simple valve adjustment
      to a worn camshaft lobe.
 
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